field trips

Potbelly Shares Culture, Values with MEF Business Apprentices

Potbelly Shares Culture, Values with MEF Business Apprentices

Midtown & Metro Business Apprenticeship students spent a day at Potbelly's Support Center learning about the company's culture and values—many of which align strongly with MEF's Character Education model! CEO Aylwin Lewis also presented a check to six student CEOs for Potbelly's contribution to MEF programs from the 6-week long milkshake fundraiser.

Midtown Boys Bear Down on Studies

Bears' veteran center Roberto Garza signed autographs.

Bears' veteran center Roberto Garza signed autographs.

Thirty-six boys, four coaches and several staff from Midtown Center attended the second day of the Chicago Bears' training camp in Bourbonnais on Saturday, July 26. The boys were selected from more than 400 students attending the seven-week summer program at Midtown based on several criteria including academic performance and sportsmanship.

Roberto Garza, #63, starting center for the Bears' offense, made a special appearance after practice, signing autographs on shirts, shoes, and training camp programs. Special thanks to Brian McCaskey, senior director of business development for the Bears, and Jeff Bennett, a member of Midtown Educational Foundation's Circle of Champions, for making the field trip one the boys will long remember. 

 

Bear Down! Chicago boys from Midtown Center visit Chicago Bears' training camp

Thirty seventh, eighth and ninth graders and four staff from the Midtown Center for boys attended the second day of the Chicago Bears' training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Saturday, July 27, thanks to Jeff Bennett, a local real estate executive.

Two of Bears' rookie linebackers - Jon Bostin from the University of Florida and Khaseem Greene from Rutgers University - signed autographs for the students after the two-and-one-half hour morning practice. Brian McCaskey, a member of the Bears' Board of Directors, also spoke to the boys and answered their questions afterwards. 


Mr. McCaskey, who co-chaired Midtown Educational Foundation's annual golf outing in June, stressed that the players work hard not only on the field but for many hours in the classroom both before and after practice. 


The boys who made the trip were selected from a much larger group of 400 students participating in the summer enrichment program at the Midtown Center for boys, as a reward for their consistently good behavior both in the classroom and on the playground during the seven-week camp.